FACILITATING EMPOWERMENT FOR AND ABOUT THOSE WHO IDENTIFY AS WOMEN
WHY WONDA WOMEN
We felt the need to create a safe space in which everyone who identifies as a woman, comes together and has the opportunity to network and to discuss issues that affect them. Not all of us have the privilege of having a network. Additionally, we also believe in intersectional feminism and if we want to have an intersectional feminist movement, attention needs to be paid to building bridges and solidarities between different experiences and social justice organisations!
Feminism has to be intersectional, otherwise it is not inclusive. This means that our feminism has to be decolonial, supportive of sex workers, inclusive to trans (wo)men and anyone who does not confirm to the gender binary. We are constantly trying to educate ourselves and our community on these topics, for example by working together with other organisations to become as inclusive as we can be.
WHAT WE DO
Initially we started with organising small, informal networking dinners, whereas every dinner focuses on a different sector. During these dinners we discuss issues that affect us: how do you negotiate for a higher wage? How do you deal with sexual harassment? How do you address racism or cissexism? There is always an honorary guest attending the dinner; someone who can share their experience and insights with us. Besides these dinners, we also started with organising other events, such as educational tours, worshops and poetry nights!